Starting Strength Weekly Report

June 13, 2022

Mulching Edition

  • Starting Strength Chicago's Grand Opening is this Saturday! Come join us to learn why "stronger is better" using the Starting Strength method.RSVP today!
On Starting Strength
  • School shootings, Shrugs, and Gas Prices – Rip answers questions from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.
  • Quit Sabotaging Your Rack Pull Setup – Starting Strength Coach Andrew Lewis explains the difference in how the bar position looks to a lifter in a deadlift versus a rack pull.
  • Preparing for 21 Days Around Everest – Jon Conti, a talented cinematographer that documents his extreme hikes around Idaho and around the world, is putting together a documentary-style video series to see how doing the Starting Strength program affects his hiking in preparation for a 21-day hike at an elevation of around 20,000 feet.
  • The Importance of Continuing to Train Through Very Stressful Life Events by Jordan Burnett – We train for physical strength...[h]owever, as I’ve gotten further into this process over the years, I am thoroughly convinced that the barbell provides the scaffolding for our mental and emotional health as well.
  • Weekend Archives: Bill March: The Chosen One by Bill Starr – Quite often, the degree of success that a person achieves in any endeavor in life is a result of being in the right place at the right time...
  • Weekend Archives: Putting on Your Belt – Mark Rippetoe talks about the different kinds of belts you should be using and Chase demonstrates how to use the power rack to put the belt on.

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abby learning the press at starting strength cincinnati
Apprentice Tony teaches Abby (17) the press while apprentice Jack observes. Abby joined Starting Strength Cincinnati for the summer to get stronger for high school basketball and now trains 3 days a week alongside her mother. [photo courtesy of Starting Strength Cincinnati]
hip drive at the starting strength seminar
Chase and Chris demonstrating hip drive during the squat platform at the Starting Strength Seminar last weekend in Texas. [photo courtesy of Shaun Pang]
gretchen at the bottom of a squat at the june starting strength seminar
Gretchen Geist at the bottom of a squat at the June Starting Strength Seminar. There are three more seminars on the schedule in 2022. [photo courtesy of Shaun Pang]
brad squatting at the starting strength training camp in omaha
Brad Britton squats his sets of five at 185 lb under the watchful eye of Phil Meggers at this past weekend's Squat and Deadlift camp at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
tyler holm coaching the deadlift in omaha
Tyler Holm coaches Brad Britton as he pulls a set of five at 275 lb at Saturday's Starting Strength camp at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
matt hebert coaching the squat at a training camp in san antonio
Matt Hebert looking on while Sebastian gets ready to take out his final squat at the Squat and Deadlift Camp at Starting Strength San Antonio. [photo courtesy of Victoria Diaz]
dawson squatting 210 for his work sets at testify strength and conditioning
Dawson squats 210 lb for three sets of five reps at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. Dawson took some time off from his training but is now working his way back up on his strength lifts and will be re-incorporating the snatch and clean-and-jerk into his training next week. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
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Starting Strength Boston has three new apprentices who have started their journey to SSC certification. Welcome Nicholas, Kelsey, and Zachary (from left to right) [photo courtesy of Austin Khamiss]

Best of the Week

Looking for weight gain tips

Daniel Town

Hey guys, I need some advice with gaining weight.. I can't do a gallon of milk a day because I am lactose Intolerant. Is there something else I can drink a gallon of that is rich in protein? I've been steadily gaining 1lb a week but I know that's not enough. My stomach feels like it's at its limit, I keep getting nausea and indigestion. My stomach is a pussy.

Mark Rippetoe

How much milk can you drink without getting sick? Half a cup? Try it and see. Then add half a cup every 3 days. NMP.

Best of the Forum

Pro Wrestling

Overfed and Undertrained

Hi Rip, many folks probably aren't aware that the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum is in Wichita Falls, Texas. For decades Mid-South Championship Wrestling held regular shows in Wichita Falls and the town was considered one of its true mainstays.

I am a fairly big longtime wrestling fan, and I'm wondering if you ever trained with, coached, or interacted with any of the wrestlers that came through Wichita Falls back until the late 80's when the promotion was sold? A lot of the old time wrestlers were seriously into powerlifting, and of course Ken Patera is a legendary figure in Weightlifting.

Mark Rippetoe

Never trained with or even met any of them.


John Cena tweet

Overfed and Undertrained

Ah okay, thanks. This year the late Skandor Akbar (real name Jim Wehba) was inducted. He was born in Wichita Falls and spent his childhood in Vernon.

Something folks on this board might find interesting is supposedly whenever Wehba did a bench press, he would clean the bar, then lay down on the bench under control, then press it for his set of however many, sit back up with the bar, stand up, then return it to the floor. The stories go that he did this with 400+, and the whole thing sounds ridiculous but supposedly is true. I have literally never heard of a bench press like this.

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